EXCLUSIVE: New arrogance is emerging from white racists - Fransman

2016-01-21 09:09
Marius Fransman. (File)

Marius Fransman. (File)

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Cape Town – Apartheid was not properly dismantled after 1994, Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman told News24 in an exclusive interview.

The country had, in fact, buried apartheid in a grave that was "way too shallow". It now meant that "sleeper racists" could re-emerge.

“I don’t believe the way we ... structured post '94 the process towards the dismantling of race was efficient. Therefore the environment gave racists [time] to become sleepers after ‘94 and it has now reared its ugly head.”

Fransman said the ANC needed to create a cultural revolution to break down the very ethos of the apartheid state.

He said the beneficiaries of apartheid were the very same people who were now calling for President Jacob Zuma to fall.

Rise in racism

Fransman said the party was intent on tackling the rise of racism in the country, focusing on the province.

He said this year had seen a lot of “sleeper racists” rising up, who had initially buried their natural inclinations.

Fransman said their fight against racism would include identifying businesses, farmers and municipalities who were biased against black people.

He said since the first nationwide "Zuma must fall" campaign in December, racism had reared its ugly head everywhere.

“There is an arrogance of white racists that starts to emerge. On December 16, the nation saw it was largely white racists that used media and other forms to try and create a position of getting the government to fall,” Fransman said.

Several "Zuma must fall" protests took place nationwide on December 16, which was sparked by Zuma's reshuffling of his cabinet and replacing then-finance minister Nhlanhla Nene with virtual unknown Des van Rooyen. Zuma eventually replaced Van Rooyen days later with a former finance minister, Pravin Gordhan.


“But you are in a democracy where every five years there is an election? So why would you want to use strange means to get a democratic government to fall? There is enough space created for opposition to engage."

He said the fact that the De Klerk foundation had said some black South Africans displayed the "most virulent and dangerous racism", was not true.

“It essentially tells me that the mentality of those that are saying those things is the same mentality as that of Marike de Klerk, who had once referred to coloured people as a 'non-person',” Fransman said.

The ANC was founded on the principles of a non-racial, non-sexist democratic society. The issue of non-racialism was a very deep seated one to unbundle, he added.

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